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Is "Doctor Strangelove" The Best Film Satire Ever Made?

 
 
roger
 
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Reply Wed 17 Sep, 2003 04:06 pm
Spinal Tap doesn't even merit an honorable mention?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 17 Sep, 2003 04:10 pm
I opened a whole THREAD on Spinal Tap!!!!!!!!!!!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 17 Sep, 2003 04:12 pm
http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11398
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Cinderwolf
 
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Reply Sun 21 Sep, 2003 06:41 pm
I Love this movie! so many great moments, the Survival kit contents check, " You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!"
"Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines."
"they will see the big board!"
How Dr. Strangeloves arm keeps going out of control, choking him and once going into a Seig Heil. what i really get out of this movie is just how "Human" everyone is, even those who have the power to end life on earth with the push of a button. i just love how the General acts like a little kid who want things his way, and the nerdy Doctor who finally has a chance to get some attention from women. its all about basic needs and wants, fears and depression. this movie will continue to be one of the great movies for many years to come, it really is timeless.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 01:32 pm
Setanta wrote:
It was Sterling Hayden as General Jack Ripper--i personally felt that Sellers turns in his best, most convincing role as Wing Commander Marmaduke.

Sellers played Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, Setanta.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 03:09 pm
Get with child a mandrake root....
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 03:37 pm
Only if it accurately predicts the future.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 03:49 pm
Dr. Strangelove, yikes I am always so confused about this movie. I saw it in the late 60s as a double feature with Seven Days In May and I confuse the twol

Well except for the ending of Dr. S with Slim Pickens, I could never forget that.

My favorite satire film is The Mouse That Roared and topical as well.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 04:05 pm
er - Joanne - are you saying that you think Saddam Hussein plotted to make the USA invade, so as to solve Iraq's economic problems?


lol

CI - we are only to get with child mandrake roots that accurately foretell the future?

puzzled in Adelaide
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 04:23 pm
dlowan, Dr Strangelove was satire about the US and Russia, but the countries that will have nukes in the future will be many. Mistakes are sure to happen, and that's when satire become reality.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 04:50 pm
Just kiddin' around, CI! it's been a loooooooong week....
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 05:45 pm
Maybe, maybe not.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 06:04 pm
That's quite a double bill and the films were released the same year, "Dr. Strangelove" and "Seven Days in May." "The Mouse That Roared" is indeed an excellent satire -- Woody's "Sleeper" would have to be on a list of successful satirical films as well as "A Clockwork Orange." Kubrick injected satirical humor into nearly everything he directed -- HAL the computer in "2001" reminds one of a petulant, rejected homosexual lover. His version of "Lolita" brought out the satirical humor in the novel.

I agree with c.i. that the Cold War never really ended with the fall of communism in Russia and we became complacent, having no worry of enemies while they covertly plotted against us.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2003 06:05 pm
Sleeper is a great one.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2003 12:52 pm
This is still getting action so I had it made a Featured Topic. We've been getting some new blood and hope it continues. This film is on many top ten film lists by international critics and directors so it certainly deserves the accolades.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Fri 10 Oct, 2003 05:08 pm
Preston Sturges was certainly making satirical comedies even with the a slapstick element -- "Sullivan's Travels" for instance. It begins with the outrageously funny runaway land yacht sequence and the settles down to some social satire that is pretty potent stuff. Chaplain, of course, in "Modern Times" and "The Great Dictator" was a master of comic satire.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Fri 10 Oct, 2003 09:04 pm
Yeah, but Chaplin was in a class by himself. There is nothing to compare him to. Modern Times is not only a fine and funny satire; it is poignant as well. And then there's City Lights which can break your heart,
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Sat 11 Oct, 2003 08:43 am
There's a lot of influence of Chaplin and Sturges in Kubrick. Our government's deportation of Chaplin is just another stain in our own history of persecution of innocent people. McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover should be burned in memorium.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 11 Oct, 2003 08:48 am
nah - let 'em rot.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Sat 11 Oct, 2003 09:33 am
J. Edgar Hoover could be exumed and his burial dress hung up over his tomb.
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